Plans are well underway to turn Boston into the world’s center of philately for eight days in 2026, as the twelfth international philatelic exhibition of the United States gathers at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). To be held during Memorial Day week (May 23–30, 2026) in the Seaport section of the city, Boston 2026 World Expo will be a significant part of the country’s 250th anniversary festivities.

In a 352,000 square foot contiguous exhibition area, Boston 2026 will be hosting a large dealer bourse, as well as a sizable postal administration bourse, and society presence. There will be a competitive exhibition of approximately 3,500 frames, plus other special/court of honor exhibits, as well as a large literature competition.

We plan on hosting hundreds of meetings and will provide 40 meeting rooms of various sizes for this purpose. A large opening ceremony and closing awards dinner will be staged using the BCEC’s banquet room facilities. Travelers from out of town will appreciate that both Boston’s Logan Airport and Amtrak’s South Station are less than 15 minutes away from the BCEC, and that all show hotels will be within walking distance.

Boston 2026 World Stamp Show is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Continue to visit this site for current news of Boston 2026.

Polar Salon at Boston 2026

Boston 2026 will have a separate Polar Salon pavilion on the show floor during the international exhibition highlighting approximately 200 frames of polar exhibits, displays and societies. The Polar Salon will also include a Court of Honor featuring extraordinary historical polar artifacts and archival non-competitive polar philatelic material. A related conference is also planned. This will be the first Polar Salon held in North America.

Boston 2026 organizers are pleased to announce that the Polar Salon will be supported in part by a generous $25,000 donation from Jiří Kraus (photo above), a prominent polar philatelist from Liberec, Czech Republic.

First Boston 2026 Postal Issue

The first stamps commemorating Boston 2026 were issued by Honduras on October 12, 2023. The two values also commemorate philately and the Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal (UPAEP). Note that the actual commemoration of Boston 2026 is in the selvedge of the sheet.

Boston 2026 Partners with Revolution 250

Boston 2026 World Expo is now a partner of Revolution 250

Revolution 250 is a 501c3 corporation and the leader of a consortium of organizations and individuals that are exploring the history of the American Revolution in Massachusetts and the ways that this story still resonates in society today. These events will culminate in 2026, 250 years since the American colonies declared independence from the British Empire.   

ISJP Donates to Boston 2026

The International Society for Japanese Philately (ISJP) is pleased to announce its $5000 donation to Boston 2026 World Expo. The ISJP will host a booth, hold a series of seminars, have a special networking event, and sponsor the Robert M. Spaulding Award for the best Japanese and related exhibit.

The ISJP was founded in Canada in 1945, now with 450 members from 28 countries and 47 states and territories, as well as strong chapters in London, England; Washington, DC; and Southern California.

ATA Donation to Boston 2026

Boston 2026 has received the first of two $2,500 donations from the American Topical Association, with an additional contribution planned for 2024.

ATA Executive Director Jennifer Miller informed Boston 2026 officers of their wishes in a letter from August 23, shortly after a very successful Great American Stamp Show in Cleveland. Collaborative efforts between both organizations have been ongoing for some time.

Show Label #3 Now Available

Boston 2026’s third collectible label had its first day ceremony at the Great American Stamp Show on Friday, August 11. Commemorating the Semiquincentennial of the Boston Tea Party, the label shows Sam Adams, a major leader of the event, along with the 1973 Boston Tea Party commemorative.

This third-in-a-series patriotic-themed promotional label was created by award-winning stamp designer Chris Calle, whose artwork was used on the first label and will continue yearly up until show time. Each sheetlet contains nine water-activated labels of the same design and were printed by The Portland Stamp Company.

To facilitate collector demand, one unsigned sheet may be ordered per person, free of charge, plus postage and handling. Postage and handling charges are $5 to USA addresses and $10 to international addresses (including Canada). Single signed sheets can be ordered for a $10 donation, plus the aforementioned P&H.

Mail orders can be sent to:

Boston 2026 World Stamp Show, Inc.
PO Box 904 
Sudbury, MA 01776

Make USD checks payable to Boston 2026 World Stamp Show, Inc.

Boston 2026 at Other Shows

Representatives from Boston 2026 will be at the following shows:

Ephemera 44 (Old Greenwich, CT): March 15-17, 2024

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Yamil Kouri (President), Michael Lawson (CFO)

St. Louis Stamp Expo 2024: March 22-24, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Philatelic Show 2024: April 12-14, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair), Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Todd Gantzer (IT Director), Michael Lawson (CFO), David Ball (Security Chair), John Everett (Frame Logistics), Lawrence Norris (Frame Fabrication), Mark Schwartz (Society Chair)

Plymouth Show 2024: April 20-21, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Napex 2024: June 7-9, 2024

Mark Schwartz (Society Chair)

Colopex 2024: June 15-16, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Minnesota Stamp Expo 2024: July 19-21, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Mare Balticum 2024 (Tartu, Estonia): July 26-28, 2024

Dzintars Grinfelds (Deputy Commissioner General)

Great American Stamp Show (Hartford, CT): August 15-18, 2024

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Yamil Kouri (President), Michael Lawson (CFO), Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair), David Ball (Security Chair), Mark Schwartz (Society Chair)

Balpex 2024: September 1-3, 2024

Mark Schwartz (Society Chair)

Milcopex 2024: September 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Indypex 2024: September 20-22, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Hafnia 24 (Cophenhagen): October 17-20, 2024

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Michael Lawson (CFO), Carol Bommarito (Art Director)

WALPEX (Boxborough, MA): October 26-27, 2024

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Todd Gantzer (IT Director), Michael Lawson (CFO), David Ball (Security Chair), John Everett (Frame Logistics), Lawrence Norris (Frame Fabrication)

CHICAGOPEX (Itasca, IL): November 22-24, 2024

Yamil Kouri (President), Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair), Mark Butterline (Executive Director)

MONACOPHIL (Monte Carlo): December 5-8, 2024

Yamil Kouri (President), Suzanne Kouri (Development Chair), Carol Bommarito (Art Director)

EuroPhilEx Birmingham 2025 (Birmingham, England): May 7-11, 2025

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Yamil Kouri (President), Michael Lawson (CFO)

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